My 2 year old toddler keeps holding his wrist and complaining of pain?

(October 21, 2012)

What is a toddler fracture?

Toddler fractures may be colloquially defined as broken bones in individuals less than five years of age. Certain fractures have specific terms based on the location of the fracture, for instance, breakage of lower part of the shin bone is termed childhood accidental spiral tibial (CAST) fractures, which are the most common type of toddler fractures. The toddler fracture symptoms include excessive pain, difficulty in walking, minor swelling, and immense discomfort on exertion of pressure.

Toddler fractures are caused when the toddler loses footing while walking or running. This may lead to twisting of the tibia in a spiral fashion, which may be difficult to diagnose by an X-ray as the broken bone does not get displaced or dislocated from its position. However, a bone scan may show the actual state of the bone, thereby helping in deciding apt toddler fracture treatment.

The most recommended treatment for toddler fracture recovery is to apply a cast to bind the broken end of the bone; healing may take approximately a month. When the toddler is on long-leg cast, it is recommended that he/she take complete bed rest and avoid any physical movement or other activities. Intake of proper diet coupled with rest helps in faster healing of the fracture.

Submitted by N on October 21, 2012 at 11:56

What to do for sprained wrist in toddler?

While treating a sprained wrist in a toddler you should remember that the primary aim of the treatment should be to minimize the swelling and the pain. A sprained wrist in a toddler may be caused by a fall or while playing or on account of a sudden movement. To treat a sprained wrist in a toddler you should try and keep the wrist immobile for at least 48 hours, thereby allowing the wrist to rest. In case of a sprained wrist in a 2 year old, you may also apply an ice pack or simply hold a bag of frozen peas against the wrist, so as to numb the pain and also reduce the swelling. A sprained wrist in a 4 year old or even a younger child should be kept elevated by propping it up above the heart level. To treat a sprained wrist in a toddler or a 2 year old you could also give the child a mild anti-inflammatory pain reliever, subject to the prior approval of the doctor. Once the sprained wrist in a 2 year old or any other child has healed then they could slowly start resuming physical activity by slowly moving the joint to check if it still hurts. Thereafter they should practice certain muscle strengthening exercises as prescribed by a physiotherapist.

Submitted by N on October 19, 2012 at 12:09

What are the symptoms and treatment of toddler head injury?

Your toddler’s head injury may be in the form of a blow to the head which may be on account of child abuse, them getting into a fight, getting hit by a golf club, bat, ball or even a hard toy. In most cases a toddler head injury is known to be caused by falls which may occur when they try to climb or walk down the stairs or even roll off the bed accidentally. Some of the symptoms of head injury in toddlers include them losing consciousness or vomiting immediately after the injury. Symptoms of head injury in toddlers may also include certain behavioural changes in the child after receiving the head injury such as them having a poor sense of balance, not remembering things or the injury itself. Your toddler might just simply become lethargic and irritable. A good toddler head injury treatment would be to apply an ice pack against the swollen areas for as long as the child will tolerate the ice pack. You should also closely observe the child for up to 24 hours after the injury to ensure that he is not displaying any worrying symptoms.

Submitted by J on March 13, 2012 at 04:46

What are the warning signs of head injury in toddler?

Toddlers are highly prone to head injuries they generally bump their heads on the floor or against the wall while crawling and learning to walk. The scalp and faces of toddlers are highly vascularized, and every minor injury leads to profuse bleeding and appearance of bumps. The prime signs of head injury in toddlers are bleeding, pain, and appearance of bumps. Some of the remedies to prevent the condition from aggravating are as follows:

  • As soon as the toddler bleeds, apply a bit of pressure by dabbing a cotton cloth on the wound to lessen and ultimately stop the blood flow.
  • Application of ice on the wound also helps prevent appearance of bumps on the head. Alternatively, you may use frozen vegetables (pack of peas) on the wound to stop bleeding and prevent bumps.
  • You can also try hot compresses to treat bumps on the face and scalp.

You don’t always have to worry about toddler head injuries as they heal in a few days’ time. However, some of the toddler head injury warning signs are a change in mental state of your toddler, vomiting, loss of consciousness, immense discomfort, headache, and eye discomfort. In such a case, you must consult a pediatrician immediately as it could be serious.

Submitted by N H on December 20, 2011 at 05:20

It is not uncommon for a toddler to get either a sprain or a strain. A sprain normally occurs when the elastic tissue which helps connect the bones across one’s joint, also known as a ligament, stretches a lot or even tears. The most common areas that are vulnerable to such sprains are the knees, ankles, wrists or elbows. In the case of a sprain being a bad one, one may even hear a popping sound or a snapping sound when the ligament actually tears. Since the ligaments in a toddler are normally much stronger that the bones and cartilage that surround it, it is more probable that they will suffer some kind of injury to the bone rather than to the toddler’s ligament.

A strain is said to occur when then tendons which connect the muscles to the bones get stretched or torn excessively. A strain is also referred to as a pull. Muscle strains are known to happen very suddenly or it can happen over time. These occur most commonly among the children who are extremely active. A strain normally affects the back, thigh, neck or the calf muscles. Toddlers do not normally engage in activities that involve heavy weight lifting or heavy exercising that tend to give rise to these strains. But they can get affected if they suddenly twist their wrists while pulling a toy or fall when climbing or walking. Both strains and sprains will hurt as will a fracture. A fracture occurs when there is a break in the bone or the tibia. A sprain will result in an immediate, sharp pain, whereas a strain may not start to hurt for a while. A fracture will start to hurt immediately. Strains and sprains can cause some bruising when the blood vessels get ruptured. Normally sprains can cause a swelling to appear around the area. The toddler may not be able to use a wrist that has sprained, strained or fractured.

If the toddler is showing signs of intense pain then the parent should secure the injured limb and take the child immediately to a doctor or take them to emergency. It may be a case of a severe sprain or even a fractured bone. For a milder injury let the doctors check up and confirm the nature of the injury. At times an x-ray may be suggested to determine the exact nature of the injury. If it is a fracture then the doctor will put a cast on the fractured bone.

Submitted by P T on March 12, 2010 at 02:13

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